Dear C4Q friends and family,

Our work is rooted in the belief that a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences is fundamental to the growth of a healthy and vibrant tech ecosystem in Queens and NYC. In 2014 we continued our work towards our goal of fostering the most inclusive and innovative tech community.

This past year, we shared in the successes of our Access Code 1.0 graduates. From winning hackathons to working at leading tech companies to being accepted into one of the most prestigious accelerators in the U.S., our students represent the immense potential and talent within our community. Inspired by their stories, we decided to expand the scope of our tech training program to serve the 64% of New Yorkers without college degrees and to further reach populations that are underserved in tech. As the dialogue surrounding the need for more opportunity in the tech sector continues to build, we are tackling this challenge head on, forging new pathways through our programs and working to increase opportunity for all New Yorkers.

C4Q is entering its fourth year as an organization, and we’re eager to continue learning and improving in 2015. Thank you to our amazing community of donors and sponsors who support our mission and make our work possible. And much love to our dedicated and passionate volunteers who not only multiply our impact but magnify our cause.

Jukay, Dave & the C4Q Team

2014 At a Glance


QTM Members


2039

New Team Members


Three

Queens Residents on Team*


4 of 5

*No worries, we still love our Brooklynite

Amount Fundraised


$1.6M

New Board Members


Eight

Volunteer Committee Chairs


Ten

Amount Raised at Bash


$100K+

Number of Events Hosted


Twelve

Access Code Graduate Salary


3x

From Pre to Post Program

Our Work


Highlights from 2014


Over the past year, Queens Tech Meetup (QTM) has grown to 2,000+ technologists, entrepreneurs, and startups.

We're excited to provide a platform for our community to showcase their new products and innovation.


Join QTM

The 2014 Queens Tech Meetup Family of Startup Demoes and Presenters

Hackers of All Ages

We hosted the Queens Build Day for BigApps, a city-wide tech competition that empowers the sharpest minds in tech, design, and business to solve NYC's toughest challenges. Over 150 people from all over NYC came to C4Q HQ in order to build their products and take part in the first ever hackathon in Queens.

New York's Next Top Makers, organized by NYCEDC, encourages innovation and local manufacturing in NYC. We celebrated Queens Makers by hosting the first stop popup in a five borough tour.

Featuring Makers like bhold, Valentine Goods, and QNSMADE, as well as Plaxall and orgs like LIC Partnership and NYDesigns.

Smithsonian APA Wiki-a-thon


We were the New York City host for this national Smithsonian event, the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to Asian Pacific American content. With simultaneous events hosted at Washington D.C., Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, we helped grow our community by sharing their stories and information on the web.

More than 100 attendees representing over 75 community organizations, tech companies, foundations, and elected officials gathered at the Inaugural NYC Tech Talent Summit to discuss the future of the City’s workforce development. We co-organized the event to gather feedback and best practices from the community, helping shape future investments in education and technology.

Organized by

Policy & Advocacy


The Queens Tech Strategic Plan is a community-based initiative that will lay the foundations for the continued long-term growth of tech in Queens. We hosted three Public Sessions in 2014 on themes related to the tech ecosystem to better understand the different needs of the community, business, and residents.

Public Sessions

C4Q EDU


In 2014 we launched C4Q EDU, volunteer-driven workshops led by industry experts that provide opportunities for our community to learn new skills and to share expertise.

Web & Python
Led by C4Q Education Chairs Alex & Greg

Talent + Opportunity = Amazing Things


Access Code 1.0 Updates

We knew that our Access Code 1.0 graduates had passion, dedication, and hustle but we are amazed at how much they have been able to achieve in such a short period of time. We are thrilled to be able to share in their success and look forward to the great things to come.

Where Our Graduates Were Hired

Access Code Community


Now equipped with industry experience, our Access Code 1.0 graduates are growing the program by helping to select the next cohort of students and teaching classes as well.

"Access Code was a phenomenal experience for me, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had to be a founding student. It catapulted me into a career in tech... [the] experience has also given me the confidence to pursue more skills..."

Eli Bierman, Access Code 1.0

Building the Organization


New Talents and Skillsets


We welcomed new members to the team.

We're growing an interisciplinary team of talented individials joined by our shared passion for increasing economic opportunity for all New Yorkers. Not only do our new teammates add a breadth of skillsets to our toolbox, they bring great energy and enthusiasm to our work.

Backgrounds & Skillsets

C4Q is growing, and we're looking to hire the best and brightest to help us achieve our mission.

Join Our Team

Board of Directors


Seeking the leadership and experience of experts across various disciplines, we expanded our Board of Directors in 2014.

2013


Five

    New Directors

  • Adam Belanich

    Co-founder, Joyride Coffee

  • Jessica Milner

    Covington & Burling

  • Elias Roman

    Google; Co-founder & CEO of Songza

2014


Thirteen

    New Directors

  • Michael Borofsky

    SVP of MacAndrews & Forbes

  • Jennifer Hensley

    Executive Director, ABNY

  • Soo Kim

    Chief Investment Officer, Standard General

  • Andrew Kirby

    Former President of Plaxall

  • Sam Mandel

    Partner, Betaworks

  • Josh Miller

    Product at Facebook; Founder of Branch

  • Carl Schuman

    StormHarbour Securities

  • Marleen Vogelaar

    Co-founder & former CSO of Shapeways

Board Member News
  • Elias Roman elected as Board Chair and Mike Borofsky elected as Vice Chair
  • Congrats to Elias and Queens tech company Songza on being acquired by Google in summer 2014
  • Josh Miller's startup Branch acquired by Facebook in early 2014
  • Adam Belanich named Forbes' 30 Under 30

Volunteer Committee


We established a Volunteer Chair Committee to help lead new initiatives and offer their expertise.

Tech & Design


Dion Ridley

‎CTO of Merus

Dan Vingo

‎Software Engineer

Marketing


Rhoni Blankenhorn

Project Coordinator at LeadDog Marketing

Veronica Chan

‎Brand Communications at OXO

Simon Yi

‎Director of Marketing at Skift

Events


Dan Calamai

Director of Implementation Services at Operative‎

Aaron Cohen

‎Venture Director at Fueled

Fundraising


Jeanne Su

‎Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Prep for Prep

Education


Gregory Gundersen

‎‎Bioinformatician at Mount Sinai

Alex Samuel

‎Software Engineer

Partnerships


Derek Kan

‎‎Director of Product Management at Annalect Group

www.c4q.nyc


We love our City and now our web address shows it.

In addition to launching our redesigned website, we were proud to represent Queens as a founding member of the newly created .NYC top-level domain, the official web address for New Yorkers.

Support


We are especially thankful for and humbled by the support we received this past year.

Working with leading poverty fighting organizations and foundations like Robin Hood, the New York Community Trust, and Arbor Brothers, we believe that our work can be even more impactful and provide opportunity to more New Yorkers in the coming year.

New Supporters in 2014


Financials


We focused on our fundraising efforts to ensure that we continue to resource our programs and further our mission.

Just Getting Started


A Sneak Peek at 2015

The Communities We Aim to Serve


We are pioneering a new model for tech education.

Creating the world's most inclusive tech community means providing skills and job opportunities to talented individuals across all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. In the coming year we are expanding the Access Code program to serve the greater NYC population, particularly the majority of New Yorkers that do not have college degrees.

Educational Attainment in NYC

46% high school or less
19% some college
35% Bachelor's degree or higher
65% of New Yorkers do not have college degrees

Policy & Advocacy


We are working to create a new type of district with special conditions that allow for prototyping and experimentation.

New technologies whose potential applications are not well understood can sometimes cause controversy, debate, and lead to reactive regulatory conditions that can stifle innovation. We are exploring the idea of a safe space for tech innovation where entrepreneurs can test technologies like drones and the internet of things at scale and in an urban setting.

Precedent

Before becoming widely adopted, technologies such as automobiles, airplanes, and the internet were not readily understood and were viewed as disruptive or potentially dangerous. They in turn have become transformative and innovative industries.

One Last Thank You


A special thanks to the talented team members, volunteers, advisors, and industry leaders for helping us grow this past year.

Image Credit: Kai Song-Nichols, 2014 Summer Intern

Get Involved!

C4Q is growing, and we're looking for passionate and talented individuals to help us expand access to tech and create an inclusive tech community.

Job Opportunities Volunteer

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